Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

  • Hinze Dam
    Hinze Dam
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    Orange threadtail damselfly
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    Colony of fruit bats
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Gold Coast

  • 1. Hinterland / Springbrook National Park

    Holidaying on the "Coast" is full of fun, sand & surf and nightlife. Perhaps one day, you may feel like a change of scenery, if so, a drive to the hinterland in a hire car, or with a tour company is...

  • 2. Islands.

    This is definitely undiscovered, but only a couple of kilometres from Surfers Paradise. A large sand island 20km long, it has empty beaches. A ferry runs from the west side of The Spit for about $7...

  • 3. Hinterland / Lamington National Park

    Since Sarah and I took our trip during the middle of winter, we did not spend as much time at the beach, but rather out in the Hinterland, which is chock full of beautiful National Parks. Binna...

  • 4. Bird / Animal parks.

    Australia Zoo is a beautifully laid out and well planned spacious open concept animal sanctuary. It's much more than just another zoo because their vision is for conservation and animal rescue. A...

  • 5. New South Wales

    Nimbin is about 40min out of Murwillumbah - south-west of Gold Coast. Nimbin is a real cultural experience. We lived on a community (share land) for a while and enjoyed the natural lifestyle. The...

  • 6. Hinterland / Tamborine National Park

    If you've never heard of a Piccabeen Palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) and would like to see one then have I got a place for you. Joalah is just outside of Tamborine Mountain and is a lovely...

  • 7. General

    If you're in Surfer's Paradise and you'd like to try something different, check out 'Infinity'. Located in the Chevron Renaissance Centre, on the corner of Surfers Paradise Blvd. (Gold Coast Hwy) and...

  • 8. Byron Bay

    Beaches are the main attraction in Byron Bay which is about 2hrs drive from the Gold Coast along the Pacific Highway. Main Beach is a beautiful stretch of curved beach with cliffs and the lighthouse...

  • 9. Sightseeing / Scenic drives

    A very relaxing and different way to see the Gold Coast is to hire a BBQ pontoon for a day and cruise the waterways. It is not very expensive as long as there are a few of you. It is about $150 a...

  • 10. Hinze Dam

    The Hinze Dam is located about 15kms from Nerang on the Gold Coast. Since I first wrote this tip a lot has changed at the Dam. The Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976, then in 1989, work...

  • 11. Sanctuary Cove

    Sanctuary Cove is situated close to South Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay and Wavebreak Island. It is well known for its world-class Marina with access for super-yachts. The marina has direct access to...

  • 12. Shopping.

    Harbour Town Shopping Centre. It's a bit out of the way from the 'touristy' shopping areas of Broadbeach/Surfers/Southport, but definately worth a visit. The whole place (and let me tell you - IT'S...


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Gold Coast Off The Beaten Path

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